Today I Ditched my Watch for my Run and it Couldn’t have been a Better Decision

Today as I do pretty much everyday, I went for a run. Despite this, there was a huge difference in today’s run versus every single run prior. I didn’t run farther or faster today and I ran one of my usual routes so what could’ve been different?


Here's what...


For the first time ever since I’ve been seriously running, I didn’t track my run on my watch and I couldn’t have felt more free. I’ve had numerous guests on my podcast that attest to turning off the watch and just running for the love of running. I know that this is necessary because checking my pace every 20 seconds can really distract me from why I’m outside running, but I never could get myself to forget about my watch...Until today of course!

I made the decision this morning right before I went outside to not track my run and it was really weird at first. I felt like I was running naked because a huge item that I rely on was not being utilized. I kept looking down at my watch for the first couple of miles because that‘s how my brain is programmed. It wasn’t comfortable and I felt like I was making a mistake, but I kept running and tried to be mindful in the moment. I know it sounds cliché, but I began seeing my route differently once I forgot about my watch and stopped looking down to check it every 30 seconds.


I was in the moment and attentive to what was going on around me instead of trying to stay at a certain pace. I ran about 10 miles and I have absolutely no idea how fast I ran, but I’m okay with that.


Once I forgot about the watch I was just running for the love of the sport. I still think the watch is very helpful and I won’t completely forget about it, but I will definitely incorporate more easy untracked runs. In the end of the day, the purpose of running isn’t to put it in Strava. We run for the love of pounding pavement, grinding on a track, and exploring new trails.

At the end of my run I did look down to see my final stats out of habit and I realized they weren’t there. This usually would give me anxiety or a sense of frustration, but today it just brought a smile to my face.


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Tanner Kern is a 22 year content creator and endurance athlete from Connecticut. He is the host of The Tanner Kern Podcast and creator of "It's a Process: My Tips for Becoming the Best Version of Yourself."

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